Public Speaking Test 5

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  • 1. 

    Which element of the speech communication process involves the means by which a message is communicated?

    • A.

      Feedback.

    • B.

      Situation.

    • C.

      Message.

    • D.

      Channel.

    Correct Answer
    D. Channel.
    Explanation
    The element of the speech communication process that involves the means by which a message is communicated is the channel. The channel refers to the medium or method used to transmit the message from the sender to the receiver. It can be a verbal channel, such as face-to-face conversation or telephone call, or a nonverbal channel, such as written communication or body language. The channel plays a crucial role in ensuring that the message is effectively transmitted and understood by the receiver.

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  • 2. 

    Which of the following words contains a tongue middle vowel sound when spoken?

    • A.

      Etch.

    • B.

      Hut.

    • C.

      Catch.

    • D.

      Not.

    Correct Answer
    B. Hut.
    Explanation
    The word "Hut" contains a tongue middle vowel sound when spoken. The "u" in "Hut" is pronounced as a short vowel sound, which is produced by raising the middle part of the tongue towards the roof of the mouth. This is different from the other words listed, where the vowel sounds are either in the front (Etch, Catch) or back (Not) of the mouth.

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  • 3. 

    A speaker wants to demonstrate the change in world population since 1840.  His clearest and most effective option for a visual aid to demonstrate this is a(n)

    • A.

      Line graph.

    • B.

      Map.

    • C.

      Bar graph.

    • D.

      Chart.

    Correct Answer
    A. Line graph.
    Explanation
    A line graph would be the most effective visual aid to demonstrate the change in world population since 1840. A line graph is ideal for showing trends over time, and it would allow the speaker to plot the population data on a timeline, clearly illustrating the increase or decrease in population over the years. A map would not be suitable for this purpose as it focuses on geographical locations rather than numerical data. A bar graph could be used, but it may not be as effective in showing the continuous change in population over time. A chart could be used, but a line graph would provide a more visually appealing and easily understandable representation of the data.

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  • 4. 

    Nonverbal communication by means of manipulating a speech's lenght, position in a program, hour of the day, day of the week, and so forth is known as

    • A.

      Temporals.

    • B.

      Synectics.

    • C.

      Cadences.

    • D.

      Chronemics.

    Correct Answer
    D. Chronemics.
    Explanation
    Chronemics refers to the study of how time is used in communication and how it affects the meaning of messages. In this context, manipulating a speech's length, position in a program, hour of the day, day of the week, and other temporal factors can convey nonverbal communication. Therefore, the correct answer is Chronemics.

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  • 5. 

    In speechmaking, hand gestures are usually

    • A.

      Superfluous or irrelevant.

    • B.

      Emphatic or descriptive.

    • C.

      Deliberate or scripted.

    • D.

      Mimetic or stationary.

    Correct Answer
    B. Emphatic or descriptive.
    Explanation
    Hand gestures in speechmaking are often used to emphasize or describe certain points. They can help to convey emotions, emphasize key words or phrases, and enhance the overall delivery of the speech. These gestures are intentional and purposeful, aiming to engage the audience and make the message more impactful. Therefore, the correct answer is "Emphatic or descriptive."

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  • 6. 

    In oral style, as opposed to written style, each of the following is generally true EXCEPT

    • A.

      Repetition is not as necessary.

    • B.

      Concrete words are used more often.

    • C.

      Vehement style is more prominent.

    • D.

      Fragmentary sentences are more common.

    Correct Answer
    A. Repetition is not as necessary.
    Explanation
    In oral style, repetition is often used to reinforce important points and ensure understanding. This helps the listener retain information since they do not have the text in front of them to refer back to. Therefore, the statement "Repetition is not as necessary" is not generally true in oral style.

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  • 7. 

    Changes in the pitch of a person's voice are known as

    • A.

      Increments.

    • B.

      Octaves.

    • C.

      Latencies.

    • D.

      Inflections.

    Correct Answer
    D. Inflections.
    Explanation
    Changes in the pitch of a person's voice are known as inflections. Inflections refer to the variations in the tone or pitch of someone's voice while speaking. These variations can include rising or falling pitch, emphasizing certain words or phrases, or expressing different emotions through vocal intonation. The term "inflections" accurately describes these changes in pitch, making it the correct answer.

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  • 8. 

    _____ is the term for repetition of a vowel sounded before different consonants.

    • A.

      Alliteration.

    • B.

      Synecdoche.

    • C.

      Assonance.

    • D.

      Rhyme.

    Correct Answer
    C. Assonance.
    Explanation
    Assonance is the correct answer because it refers to the repetition of vowel sounds in words that are close to each other, but the consonants between them are different. This literary device is often used to create musicality and rhythm in poetry or prose. Alliteration, on the other hand, refers to the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words, while synecdoche is a figure of speech where a part is used to represent the whole. Rhyme is the repetition of similar sounds at the end of words.

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  • 9. 

    Each of the following is a problem associated with a voice that is overly husky EXCEPT

    • A.

      Hypotension of the vocal folds.

    • B.

      Faulty respiration.

    • C.

      Shallow breathing.

    • D.

      Narrow pitch range.

    Correct Answer
    B. Faulty respiration.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Faulty respiration." This is because faulty respiration is not specifically associated with a voice that is overly husky. Hypotension of the vocal folds, shallow breathing, and narrow pitch range can all contribute to a voice that is overly husky.

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  • 10. 

    A raspy voice is characterized by

    • A.

      Inadequate oral resonance.

    • B.

      Insufficient use of gross abdominal muscles.

    • C.

      Lax movement of articulators.

    • D.

      Limited pitch range.

    Correct Answer
    D. Limited pitch range.
    Explanation
    Limited pitch range refers to a voice that lacks variation in pitch, resulting in a monotonous or flat sound. This can be caused by various factors, including vocal cord tension or stiffness, muscle tension in the throat or larynx, or improper breath control. A raspy voice, on the other hand, is characterized by a hoarse or rough quality, often caused by inflammation or irritation of the vocal cords. While a raspy voice can contribute to limited pitch range, it is not the defining characteristic of a raspy voice.

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  • 11. 

    Which of the following is an example of a scale question?

    • A.

      Do you think attending professional sporting events is a good way for families to spend time together?

    • B.

      In what ways do you think participating in sporting events might affect a child's development?

    • C.

      How often do you attend a professional sporting event? never __/__/__/__/__/__/__ frequently

    • D.

      Have you attended a professional sporting event in the last six months?

    Correct Answer
    C. How often do you attend a professional sporting event? never __/__/__/__/__/__/__ frequently
    Explanation
    The question "How often do you attend a professional sporting event?" is an example of a scale question because it asks the respondent to rate their frequency of attending professional sporting events on a scale from "never" to "frequently". This type of question allows for a range of responses and provides quantitative data.

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  • 12. 

    Which of the following is NOT a common weakness associated with delivering the introduction of a speech?

    • A.

      Merely starting the topic.

    • B.

      Opening with an apology.

    • C.

      Making the introduction too short to be meaningful.

    • D.

      Irrelevant material.

    Correct Answer
    C. Making the introduction too short to be meaningful.
    Explanation
    Making the introduction too short to be meaningful is not a common weakness associated with delivering the introduction of a speech. This is because a short introduction can still effectively capture the audience's attention and provide a concise overview of the topic. It is more common for weaknesses to include merely starting the topic without engaging the audience, opening with an apology which can undermine the speaker's credibility, or including irrelevant material that distracts from the main message.

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  • 13. 

    An audience that knows nothing about the subject at hand, but is willing to listen and acquire information, is best described as

    • A.

      Neutral.

    • B.

      Uninitiated.

    • C.

      Friendly.

    • D.

      Indifferent.

    Correct Answer
    B. Uninitiated.
    Explanation
    An audience that knows nothing about the subject at hand, but is willing to listen and acquire information, is best described as "uninitiated." This term suggests that the audience is unfamiliar with the topic but is open-minded and receptive to learning. They may lack prior knowledge or experience in the subject matter, but they are willing to engage and gain new information.

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  • 14. 

    A speaker states: My calculus class last semester was boring; my sister's calculus class was boring; and my roommate's calculus class was boring.  Therefore, calculus classes are boring. This is an example of _____ reasoning.

    • A.

      Inductive.

    • B.

      Deductive.

    • C.

      Analogical.

    • D.

      Causal.

    Correct Answer
    A. Inductive.
    Explanation
    The speaker is using inductive reasoning because they are making a general conclusion about all calculus classes based on their own personal experiences and observations of three specific calculus classes. They are using this limited evidence to draw a broader conclusion about all calculus classes being boring.

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  • 15. 

    Each of the following is an advantage associated with reading a speech from a written manuscript EXCEPT

    • A.

      Can be released in print prior to delivery.

    • B.

      High degree of control over length.

    • C.

      Easier preservation of controversial tone.

    • D.

      Careful wording of controversial or sensitive subjects.

    Correct Answer
    C. Easier preservation of controversial tone.
    Explanation
    Reading a speech from a written manuscript allows for a high degree of control over the length of the speech, as the speaker can edit and revise the manuscript to fit within a specific time frame. It also allows for careful wording of controversial or sensitive subjects, as the speaker can choose their words carefully and ensure that their message is conveyed accurately. Additionally, the speech can be released in print prior to delivery, allowing for wider dissemination of the information. However, the preservation of a controversial tone may not be easier when reading from a written manuscript, as the tone of delivery can be influenced by factors such as body language and vocal inflection.

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